Orange brings top-end 3G to the masses

Starting tomorrow, you'll have a choice of six new 3G handsets on pay-as-you-go.Orange's move into 3G PAYG sees the network overtaking Three and O2 -

Starting tomorrow, you'll have a choice of six new 3G handsets on pay-as-you-go.

Orange's move into 3G PAYG sees the network overtaking Three and O2 - although they've both been offering contract-free 3G mobs for a while, their selection has been mostly older and lower-end models.

The seven - Samsung's Z500 is already available on O2's 3G PAYG - handsets are:

  • Nokia 6680 (pictured) £270 - top quality, Series 60 smartie with bags of features. A Stuff supertest winner.

  • Nokia 6630 £160 - older Series 60 smartphone with weird bulbous design and no video calling. The budget 6680 alternative.

  • Sony Ericsson K600i £190 - candybar all-rounder with a decent cam and good build quality

  • Samsung Z500 £240 - one of the smallest 3G phones to land on our desks. The fashionista's broadband mobile of choice

  • Samsung Z107 £100 - budget clamshell choice - the camera's lowly VGA and the screen is tres 2004

  • Sanyo S750i £100 - bulky, big-screened beastie. Does video calling and can beam direct to printers.

  • Sanyo S750 £80 - slightly less sleek than the 750i but otherwise virtually identical

Orange's initial tariff looks pretty tasty, too - video calls will cost 30p a minute which compares well with 50p on Three. Voice calls, however, are slightly cheaper on Three - 10p to Orange's 15p - so it's worth considering whether you'll actually use all the cool 3G services before taking the plunge.

We reckon Vodafone and T-Mobile will both play catch up and offer PAYG 3G services before Christmas.

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